‘Star Wars’ and ‘Star Trek’ Dominate Saturn Awards Ceremony

Paul V. Rea
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens walked away with 8 Saturn Awards on Wednesday. The Disney rebirth of the Lucas Films franchise picked up statues for Best Science Fiction Film, Best Actor Harrison Ford, Best Supporting Actor Adam Driver, Best Script, Best Editing, music, makeup, and Best Special Effects.

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The 42nd Saturn Awards Ceremony, held in Burbank, California, also had a lot of love for Star Trek as the franchise celebrates its 50th anniversary. Brannon Braga who wrote and produced a few hundred hours of the space opera’s episodes and feature films picked up the Special Achievement Award while the original Lt. Uhura, 83-year-old Nichelle Nichols, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The first Captain Kirk, William Shatner, also picked up an award at the event. His came for a guest spot on the SyFy network show Haven.


Beyond the well-worn genre classics, The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror favored Crimson Peak, with three awards: Best Horror Film, Best Supporting Actress Jessica Chastain, and Best Production Design.

On the small screen The Walking Dead won for Best Horror TV Series, Best Supporting Actress Danai Gurira and Best Younger Actor Chandler Riggs. Hannibal picked up trophies for Best Action/Thriller Series and Best Supporting Actor Richard Armitage while Continuum won Best Science Fiction TV Series. Outlander was a new entry this year and took the trophy as Best Fantasy Series and Best Actress Caitrionia Balfe.


Best Science Fiction FilmStar Wars: The Force Awakens
Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture:  Ant-Man
Best Fantasy FilmCinderella
Best Horror FilmCrimson Peak
Best Action/Adventure FilmFurious 7
Best Thriller Film:  Bridge of Spies
Best International Film:  Turbo Kid
Best Animated Film:  Inside Out
Best Independent Film:  Room
Best Actor: Harrison Ford (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Best Actress: Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Best Supporting Actor: Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Best Supporting Actress:  Jessica Chastain (Crimson Peak)
Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Ty Simpkins (Jurassic World)
Best Director: Ridley Scott (The Martian)
Best Writing:  Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Best Production Design: Thomas E. Sanders (Crimson Peak)
Best Editing: Maryann Brandon, Mary Jo Markey (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Best Music: John Williams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Best Costume: Alexandra Byrne (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
Best Make-Up: Neal Scanlan  (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Best Special Effects: Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan, Chris Corbould (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)


Best Science Fiction TV SeriesContinuum
Best Horror TV SeriesThe Walking Dead
Best Action/Thriller TV Series Hannibal
Best Fantasy TV SeriesOutlander
Best Presentation on Television:  Doctor Who: The Husbands of River Song
Best Superhero Adaptation Television Series:  The Flash
Best New Media TV Series:  Marvel’s Daredevil
Best Actor on Television:  Bruce Campbell (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Best Actress on Television:  Caitrionia Balfe (Outlander)
Best Supporting Actor on Television: Richard Armitage(Hannibal)
Best Supporting Actress on Television: Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead)
Best Younger TV Actor: Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead)
Best Guest Star on Television: William Shatner (Haven)


Best DVD/BD ReleaseBurying the Ex
Best DVD/BD Classic Film ReleaseMiracle Mile
Best DVD/BD Collection ReleaseFrank Darabont Collection
Best DVD/BD Television Series ReleaseX-Files: The Collector’s Set
Best DVD/BD Special Edition:  X-MenDays of Futures Past (The Rogue Cut)
Best Local Stage Production:  Tarzan (3D Theatricals)


The Lifetime Achievement Award: Nichelle Nichols
The Dan Curtis Legacy Award: Eric Kripke
The Breakthrough Performance Award: Melissa Benoist (Supergirl)
George Pal Memorial Award:  Simon Kinberg
Special Recognition AwardBrannon Braga
President’s Award:  Haven
Spotlight Award:  Better Call Saul

Paul V. Rea
A monster science created but could not destroy; Paul V. Rea is a radio, TV and web journalist based in Clarkesville, Georgia. Paul is addicted to television of all genres and can often be found mouthing off about things he sees @paulvrea on Twitter.
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